Zonta – Second Chance Scholarships Available

Pictured is Ruthi Sturdevant, chair, and Erin Wiseman, co-chair, of the 2018 Zonta Yellow Rose Luncheon presenting awards for Women of Achievement. Zonta is an international women’s organization of professional women that empowers and worldwide through service and advocacy. The Yellow Rose Luncheon is unique to Jefferson City in that it raises money for the […]

BSE Celebrates Administrative Professionals Week

On April 26, 2018, BSE celebrated Administrative Professionals week with an afternoon outing on the deck at J Pfennys in Jefferson City, MO.

Missouri Bar Launches Site for the Public

The Missouri Bar Association recently launched a new web site to help ensure that the public has access to certain legal resources. The website www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org is “devoted exclusively to the legal information needs of the general public.  The new site provides a variety of resources and services to the citizens of Missouri, such as information on how to find an attorney […]

Target Scams on Top of Target Security Breach

The Missouri Attorney General has issued a warning  concerning various scams that have popped up attempting to take further advantage of persons on the heals of the Target security breach issues.  The Attorney General indicated that “Thieves pretending to be from Target or a consumer’s bank or credit-card company have been contacting consumers by phone […]

Eye on the SEC Continues

My participation in KRCG’s Eye on the SEC contest continues.  Coming into bowl season, I have 97 points.  The leaders have 100 points.  With 2 points given for each bowl pick, there are opportunities to move up (and move down).

Twenty Years

Last Friday, November 15, 2013, marked my twentieth year with Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C.  Twenty years ago I returned from active duty with the U. S. Army, with a two week old child (who is now a sophomore at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri), and began to practice law in the same building where […]

Bankruptcy Court to Remain Open – For Now

BSE attorney Erin Wiseman has passed along the following e-mail from the Federal Court in the Western District of Missouri – “In the event of a federal government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of Missouri will remain open for regular business. The federal judiciary […]

Eye on the SEC Continues

The KRCG TV Eye on the SEC Challenge continues.  This week my perfect 9-0 mark combined with the total points of the Missouri game made me the winner of the “mythical Rod Lombardi Traveling Trophy.” See the write-up for the week along with current standings at the following link: http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/sports/content.aspx?id=939874#.UkHPutKsiQI  

FRI Utility Symposium a Success

Several BSE shareholders attended the 2013 Financial Research Institute Public Utility Symposium – Visualizing the Future: Public Utilities in 2020, on September 18, 2013, in Columbia, Missouri.  Attending from BSE were Paul Boudreau, Russ Mitten, Diana Carter, Jim Swearengen, Brian McCartney, and myself. The Symposium was well-attended by Commissioners, regulators, utility employees, attorneys and others from multiple states.  […]

Eye on the SEC

I will be participating in KRCG TV’s “Eye on the SEC” challenge this year.  After Week 1, I am in seocnd place (albeit tied with 8 others).  I want to take the opporunity to see my picture in that second spot, as I am sure it won’t last. You can view the standings and other […]

Have You Checked Your Estate Planning Documents Recently?

It is a good idea to periodically review your estate planning documents.  The first task, many times, is to just find those documents.  It is fairly common for folks to remember that they executed documents years ago, but be unable to find the originals.  If you can locate the originals, a person should secondly determine whether the choices made […]

Mitchell Writes About Chiefs

Conjuring up images of the movie Almost Famous, BSE Counsel Greg Mitchell’s son, Sam Mitchell, is both a student at Rock Bridge High School and a Staff Writer for KCChiefsDraft.com.   An example of young Mr. Mitchell’s work can be found at the followig link: Chiefs Offseason 2013: Effects of the Past Week’s Moves .

National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day will be Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  The Cole County Bar Association will be providing free assistance with completion of healthcare directives and durable healthcare powers of attorney from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the following locations in Jefferson City – –  Clark Senior Center, 1310 Linden Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri –  Missouri River […]

“Annual Minutes Records Form” is Scam

On March 1, 2013, Missouri’s Secretary of State issued the following message concerning an “Annual Minutes Records Form” that has been circulated to various persons and businesses by the U.S. Mail: “Secretary of State Jason Kander is today alerting Missouri corporations to a potentially deceptive letter from an entity called Corporate Records Service. The solicitation, […]

Open For Business

Many schools in the area are closed, but BSE’s doors are open today, Friday, February 22, 2013. If you need a way to pass some time this weekend while the snow melts, consider a legal movie.  Check out this list of the ABA Journal’s 25  Greatest Legal Movies.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The BSE offices are closed today, Thursday, February 21, 2013, as of noon, due to the weather.  Most attorneys will be checking e-mail and voice mail messages.  However, no receptionist will be available this afternoon.

Fiscal Cliff Deal Impacts Federal Estate Tax

It appears that the Fiscal Cliff Deal will, among other things, bring some certainty to the Federal Estate Tax system that has been lacking for the last thirteen years, or so.  Reports indicate that the legislation will make permanent the existing exclusionary amount and portability provisions, while the tax rate for amounts beyond the exclusionary amount will increase (the top […]

Matthew Quandt

I would like to welcome our newest associate – Matthew Quandt.  Matt has successfully passed the Missouri Bar Exam and was sworn in at the Missouri Supreme Court on Friday, October 5, 2012.  He is a graduate of Baker University and the Washburn University School of Law.  Dean

Election Information

The Missouri Judicial Performance Evaluation Committees today released their recommendations on the non-partisan system judges who will be standing in retention elections on  November 6.  Performance evaluations for the appellate judges that will be on your ballot may be found at the following link: Appellate Evaluations.

Missouri Supreme Court FInds Damage Cap Unconstitutional

On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in a 4-3 decision, the Missouri Supreme Court found the State’s $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases to be unconstitutional.  In doing so, the Court stated that “[t]he individual right to trial by jury cannot ‘remain inviolate’ when an injured party is deprived of the jury’s constitutionally assigned […]

The Untitled Blawg Entry

It is time for a Blawg post – for no other reason than we haven’t had one for quite some time.  The following thoughts are as unfocused as the above title and this stated purpose. – My take on the Penn State/Joe Paterno/Sandusky situation – Loyalty is a character trait that is highly valued.  It can […]

Federal Estate Tax and Gift Tax Exclusions

The amount exempt from the federal estate tax will grow to $5,120,000 for 2012, while the annual gift tax exclusion will remain at $13,000 for the same year.  Unless Congress acts, the federal estate tax exemption will fall to $1,000,000 in 2013.

Construction

Street construction conitnues near our office as the street closure has moved to the intersection of Adams and East Capitol.  On-street parking is still available in front of our office.  However, you will have to approach from the west (Monroe/Madison) to access it.

Construction

Construction continues at the corner of East Capitol and Monroe near our office.  Some on street parking is still available.  However, you must approach our building from the east (Adams Street) to access it.